Part 2: : Pressure and reaction
After the above-mentioned incidents, although the two countries normalized relations in 1991, tensions do still exist in the sea (). The adoption of the People’s Republic of China’s Law on Territorial Waters on February 25, 1992, which reaffirmed China’s claims to the archipelagoes of Hoang Sa and Truong Sa stirred a new wave of concern in Southeast Asia () about China’s profound calculation.
In turn, on January 2, 1995, the relations between China and the Philippines became strained. The Philippines accused China of militarily invading a small rocky island in the Truong Sa archipelago, the sovereignty to which had been claimed by…
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